The Modern Love Podcast with Titus Burgess


The Modern Love Podcast has revived yet another of my old New York Times illustrations and put it on the web. In this episode, the actor Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock”) reads the essay “A Prince Charming for the Prom (Not Ever After, Though),” about a gay student who forgoes the prom of his dreams to help his female friends realize theirs.

David Chelsea Is Reading: THE GOLDFINCH By Donna Tartt

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Another Modern Love Podcast


Here’s another podcast version of a MODERN LOVE column I illustrated for the New York Times back in the day, with the illustration nicely displayed. The essay “Live Without Me, I’ll Understand” by Katherine Friedman Holland is read by the actress Catherine Keener, familiar from The Forty Year Old Virgin, Capote, Being John Malkovich, and every Nicole Holofcener movie ever.

David Chelsea is reading: Forgotten Fantasy – Sunday Comics, 1900-1915: Visions from Lyonel Feininger, Winsor McCay and Many More (Giants of the American Comic Strip)

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Modern Love Podcast: “My First Lesson in Motherhood”


The New York Times Modern Love Podcast has been going for some months, but the first one featuring an illustration from the period when I illustrated the column is online today. In this week’s episode of the Modern Love Podcast, the actress Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights”) reads Elizabeth Fitzsimons’s 2007 essay, “My First Lesson in Motherhood,” about a woman’s almost immediate challenges with a daughter adopted from China.

David Chelsea is reading: Walking the Dog
by David Hughes

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Isometric Exercises

Theater flyer, 1984
Theater flyer, 1984

That hexagonal envelope in my recent post about letters to Amy got me to digging out other images I’ve done over the years in isometric projection. Wikipedia defines it as “a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions in technical and engineering drawings. It is an axonometric projection in which the three coordinate axes appear equally foreshortened and the angles between any two of them are 120 degrees”.
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David Chelsea Takes On Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman as Venus Of Willendorf, Acrylic on paper, 2010
Wonder Woman as Venus Of Willendorf. Acrylic on paper, 2010

Wonder Woman Day is coming! And this year I have managed to come up with a suitably themed piece of art for their annual charity auction. I chose to depict the classic comic book character as the Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age figurine found in Austria in 1908, which has become a familiar icon of femininity. I also used the figure in one of my favorite Modern Love illustrations in the New York Times.
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A Model Family

New York Times piece, 2004
New York Times piece, 2004
Wedding Day, 1990
Wedding Day, 1990

Just in time for Eve’s and my twentieth wedding anniversary, here is a selection of illustrations in which I have used our family as models (a tradition which goes back at least as far as Norman Rockwell). First, Eve and the children pose for a Modern Love piece in the New York Times, about a family abandoned by the father. It appears that Ben is a bit grumpy at having to stand in for a nine year old girl.
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Shamu: The Sequel


New York Times illustration for What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage by Amy Sutherland

This piece, done for the New York Times Modern Love Column in June 2006, is the gift that keeps on giving. The essay it illustrates, “What Shamu Taught Me About A Happy Marriage” by Amy Killinger Sutherland, became the most e-mailed article on the New York Times website for a time, and later was the basis for a bestselling book. l myself benefited when the author bought the original art for an undisclosed sum.
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